The Menzingers will release their eagerly awaited fifth full-length After the Party on February 3, 2017. Pre-orders are available here.
Along with the announcement, the band has premiered their new single “Bad Catholics” today. With its heavy riffs and high-powered rhythms, the song delivers a gorgeously detailed narrative of running into a lost love at a hometown church picnic. Listen to the song now below!
Produced by Will Yip (Title Fight, Balance & Composure, Pianos Become the Teeth), After the Party taps into the Menzingers’ everyman romanticism to reflect on getting older but not quite growing up. Throughout the album, singer/guitarists Greg Barnett and Tom May, bassist Eric Keen, and drummer Joe Godino offset that deeply nuanced songwriting with anthemic harmonies, furious power chords, and larger-than-life melodies.
“We spent our 20s living in a rowdy kind of way, and now we’re at a point where it seems like everyone in our lives is moving in different directions,” says May of the inspiration behind After the Party.
Adds Barnett: “We’re turning 30 now, and there’s this idea that that’s when real life comes on. In a way this album is us saying, ‘We don’t have to grow up or get boring—we can keep on having a good time doing what we love.’”
The band has also confirmed 3 in-store acoustic performances and signing events during the week of record release. February 1 at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ, February 2 at Looney Tunes in West Babylon, NY, and February 4 at Gallery of Sound in Wilkes Barre, PA. On October 29, The Menzingers will perform at The Fest in Gainesville, Florida.